Solomon Islands Hit Half Century To Claim The plate

The Solomon Islands have been notorious for their fast starts, the Sollies living up to their reputation when Singamoana broke from the base of a scrum on their own 20, fending chasers off to squeeze into the corner, the kick missed.

From the kick off the Solomon Islands would cross again, this time on the opposite side, Angikamua breaking down the left edge to speed away and ground under the posts and extend the Solomon Islands lead to 10-0 after Eddie Mueavia kicked the conversion.

Eddie Mueavia grabbed the Solomon Islands 3rd try in 9 minutes of play, the ball moved put to the left wing having created the overlap, Eddie Mueavia then converting his own try to make it a 16-0 lead.

After 15 minutes of defending Hong Kong were finally allowed to do some attacking, Blaise Barnes spinning and fending away from would be tacklers, eventually finding a hole to dive through and putting his side on the board, the kick missed.

The Solomon Islands would cancel out Hong Kong's try on the 20 minute mark, a deep kick returned by the right winger, clawed down on the 30 metre line, the ball shifted from right to left in a sweeping line move, Angikamua the benefactor in the left corner, the extras unable to be added.

Timo Sangra joined the growing list of try scorers when Jimmy Maebata returned the kick off, beating 2 men and tipping the ball on for Timo Sangra to race into the corner on the 1st tackle, the kick swinging to the left of the posts making it 24-4.

Huge breaks from Manau and Eddie Mueavia setting the platform for the Solomon Islands next try, leaving Tengemoana with a simple push over try from less than a metre from the line, the kick missed.

Craig McMurrich would wind up in the sin bin for the 3rd time this competition, punches thrown in back play, Tongala from the Solomon Islands joining him for his part in the scuffle on the verge of the half, the Sollies leading 28-4 over the Thunder.

Hong Kong made a substantially better start to the second half, Richard Lindsay getting low and forcing his way over the line to lift the Hong Kong spirits, the kick missed by Lee, the score 28-8.

The Solomon Islands' Manau came charging onto a flat ball 10 metres from the Hong Kong line, the big man refusing to be stopped so close to the line, trampling defenders to score, the kick converted from straight in-front.

Clearly not content with one try, Manau grabbed his second of the game less than 60 seconds after his first and in near identical fashion, the kick extras added to take the Solomon Islands to a 40-8 lead.

The Solomon Islands were clearly contending with the game clock, Saomathing bumping and bouncing out of contact before racing clear from 30 metres out to ground out to the left, the score, 46-8.

Angikamua  would complete his hat-trick on the hour mark, Jimmy Maebata using his huge frame to attract multiple defenders, the overcommitted defence leaving space for Angikamua to race into the corner and inflict further misery, the kick missed.

Craig McMurrich found his way over from close range after a repeat set had the Solomon Islands pinned to their own line for 12 tackles, the hooker putting his side into double digits with 10 minutes to play, the conversion successful and the score 50-14.

Eddie Mueavia would respond for the Solomon Islands, the markers caught napping and the blind side left uncovered, all too tempting for Eddie Mueavia, racing clear for a 60 metre solo effort, the kick successful as the Solomon Islands took a 56-14 win.  

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